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The surface speed record on the moon is 10.56 miles per hour. It was set in a lunar rover.
Records

The Mola Mola, or Ocean Sunfish, lays up to 5,000,000 eggs at one time.
Animals

It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland.
Laws and Customs » Strange Rules and Laws

Eastman Kodak's Brownie camera cost $1.00 when it was introduced in 1900.
Inventions

The golden orb-weaver spiders of Papua New Guinea spin the biggest, strongest webs. With supporting threads reaching up to 19 feet (6 meters), their webs can reach 5 feet (1.5 meters) across.
Animals » Insects

The whistling swan has more than 25,000 feathers on its body.
Animals

Married women were forbidden by law to watch, let alone compete, in the ancient Olympics. The penalty was death. The Greeks believed that the presence of wives in Olympia would defile Greece's oldest religious shrine there, although young girls were allowed in. Ironically, the shrine that was off-limits to married women was dedicated to a woman, the fertility goddess Rhea, who was the mother of the supreme god Zeus. Women who broke the rule were thrown from a nearby cliff.
Laws and Customs

The Southern specialty of hush puppies are actually small cornmeal dumplings flavored with chopped scallions, then deep-fried and served hot. Hush puppies are a traditional food companion to fried catfish. Legend has it that hush puppies' unusual name came from the fact that, to keep hungry dogs from begging for food while the rest of the dinner was being prepared, cooks used to toss scraps of the fried batter to the whimpering pets with the warning, "Hush, puppy!"
Food and Drink

The word "gazelle" comes from the Arabian term for "affectionate," and it is believed to be inspired by the creature's large, gentle eyes.
Words and Numbers

There are more than 200 different types of BarbieŽ dolls.
Statistics

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